Nutritive value of high oil corn for poultry.

Y. Han, C. M. Parsons, D. E. Alexander

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Several experiments were conducted to evaluate the nutritional value of high oil corn for poultry relative to that of conventional (CONV) corn. The variety of high oil corn (HO1) evaluated in most trials contained 6.0% oil and 9.6% protein on a 10% moisture basis. The protein quality of HO1 and CONV corn was assessed with female crossbred chicks fed corn as the sole source of dietary protein. There was no difference in either protein efficiency ratio or in net protein ratio between the two types of corn. True metabolizable energy (TME) and nitrogen-corrected TME (TMEn) values of HO1 corn were determined using adult roosters. The TME and TMEn values of HO1 corn were approximately 4.5% higher than those of CONV corn. Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the use of high oil corn varieties, containing from 6 to 13% oil, in practical diets of commercial broiler chicks from 8 to 22 days posthatching. Weight gain, gain-to-feed ratio, and skin and plasma pigmentation were improved in chicks fed 24% protein diets containing high oil corns compared with those fed the same diet containing CONV corn; magnitude of response was highly correlated to oil content of the corn. The relative value of HO1 corn in practical laying hen diets was examined in a 15-wk experiment. Hens fed a 17% protein diet containing HO1 corn from 23 to 38 weeks of age had a better feed-to-egg ratio than those fed the same diet containing CONV corn when the corn sources were substituted on an isonitrogenous basis.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalPoultry science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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